Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Should Have Been

Posted October 22, 2019 by meezcarrie in Top Ten Tuesday / 45 Comments


Happy Tuesday! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is Books I’d Give Different Titles To. And of course I tweaked it a bit… just a teensy bit this time, I promise. I’m giving honest titles to classic books, in other words – “Book Titles That Should Have Been” so we know what we’re signing on for when we start reading one. (If you missed last week’s post, make sure you click HERE for book titles that had me at hello!)

Where the Red Fern Grows is a book I read in elementary school…. and never again.

I didn’t read Bridge to Terabithia until my college “Kiddy Lit” class… and I wish I hadn’t then.

Jane Eyre could also be subtitled “The Crazy Woman in the Attic” or “See Jane Run.”

Never have I meant a word more than ‘never’ in Moby Dick‘s alternative title.

Wuthering Heights was emo before emo was a thing.

A Wrinkle in Time is a crazy ride at times but I love it!

Pride & Prejudice is sort-of like a game of table tennis, but much more delightful.

Gone With the Wind will never be on my list of fave reads… just sayin’ 🙂

The plot of Misery always helps me feel better – at least my fangirling isn’t that bad! LOL

Sense & Sensibility would have been a much shorter read had they known that upfront.


I had fun putting this list together with some help from my Mr. Knightley (aka, dear hubby). What about you? What are some more-honest titles for your fave classics?

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45 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Titles That Should Have Been

  1. Winnie Thomas

    You’re very creative with your titling, Carrie (and Eric)!

    How about one of these for Grimm’s Fairy Tales: Everything Your Child Needs for Sweet Dreams or Traumatizing Your Children One Story at a Time

  2. Patsy Curry

    I love your list! My fourth grade teacher read Where the Red Fern Grows in class. I have often wondered through the years why she would do such a thing!!! There are so many other good books to share with students. I tend not to read books about animals and I blame that experience!

  3. Haley Resseguie

    Oh my goodness, I am laughing hysterically at your titles! They are spot on, especially Tickle Me Emo and Fangirling Gone Extra! Thank you for the laughter on this very gloomy Tuesday morning!

  4. DeAnna Dodson

    Too funny!

    I would rename Wuthering Heights “You’re Both Annoying and Self-Absorbed Now Go Away.” 😀

  5. Eric

    I have some more…

    Great Gatsby: A bunch of people who will annoy you
    Hamlet: Overkill
    The Odyssey: Homecoming, but weirder
    Emma: Stay in your lane

  6. These are cracking me up, especially the first two. There’s an old dog book called “Good-bye, My Lady,” which is much more honest about its ending intentions. And that dog doesn’t even die! I think Where The Red Fern Grows should follow its example in title-choosing.

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